I wanted to share one last Easter egg decorating idea while it’s still somewhat relevant— image transfers on to Easter eggs!
It is one of my new favorites and I’ll definitely be experimenting more with image transfers.
This image transfer method is based on one I found for transferring printed images to wood on the blog Matsutake. And I’d like to try transferring photos and even line drawings to wood, but this time I used this technique to transfer printed images that I found around the web onto my Easter eggs.
Decorate Easter Eggs with Image Transfers
- Paper that will fit a printer/copier
- Elmer’s glue
- Foam brush or regular paint brush
- Ink Jet printer/copier
- White eggs, hard-boiled
- Mod Podge
I used our sulfite drawing paper but you could use regular printer paper.
1. First, brush Elmers glue all over one or more sheets of paper. Let dry.
2. Once the glue-covered paper is completely dry, PRINT or COPY your desired images onto the glue side. (Note: My paper buckled somewhat as it dried, so I pressed it under some heavy books first before printing on it.)
I used google image search to find bird illustrations and botanical illustrations. You can, of course, print anything from robots to butterflies. Smaller sizes work better, so if your image is large, resize it first or print it to a half page.
3. Cut out the images you’d like to use to decorate your Easter eggs.
4. Use Mod Podge to attach the image to the egg.
Brush a layer of Mod Podge over your egg, place the printed cut-out on the egg image side down, and brush more Mod Podge over the back of the paper. It won’t lie flat at first and you’ll need to rub the edges down a bit until it lies snugly against the egg as in the picture.
Neither of my kids liked this step, just FYI. They did one and then went off to play. This ended up being more of a mama project (but I loved it!).
5. Once your images are all glued onto your Easter eggs, let dry completely.
6. Then soak your eggs in a bowl of water to loosen the paper.
7. Peel or rub off the loosened paper to reveal the image transfers.
My kids LOVED this step! There will be a little glue and paper gunk on the egg still—just rub it off with your thumb or a sponge. It’ll come off easily.
See the Image Transfers on Easter Eggs
Put the Easter eggs into little egg cups and admire!
Besides the birds, we also decorated a bunch of Easter eggs with a variety of botanical illustrations, notably poppies.
I LOVE the image transfers! And can’t wait to try this technique more!
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